Wests Tigers fans get to enjoy two of their favourite sons for another year with veteran forward Chris Lawrence re-signing for 2020.
The club announced on Monday that the former international had agreed to a new contract. Lawrence and Benji Marshall’s signatures ensure the club keeps two of its most popular and talented players for next season.
For Lawrence, who is already a life member of the club, it means he remains with the joint-venture for a 15th NRL season - making the 31-year-old the longest serving player over consecutive seasons in Wests Tigers history.
A local junior of Wests Tigers, Lawrence made his memorable first-grade debut in 2006 — quickly becoming a regular of the side with his speed.
He is the club’s all-time leading try-scorer and third-most capped player from 240 games.
“I’m extremely thankful and proud to re-sign with Wests Tigers for another year,” Lawrence said.
“This club has always been where I have called home and I’m really excited to be able to continue playing in the colours that I love."
The new one-year deal is a belated birthday present, since Lawrence turned 31 two days ago. But it's a welcome celebration for head coach Michael Maguire.
"I’m really pleased we’ve been able to re-sign Chris," Maguire said.
"He has been a wonderful player for this club for a long time but continues to grow in his game and role on the field — which is most pleasing to see.
"Chris is a really key part of what we’re building here as one of the senior players in the side, and I have no doubt that he will continue to show that on and off the field in the year ahead."
In addition to his 84 tries in Wests Tigers colours, Lawrence scored four tries in six Tests for Australia (2010-11).